Due to the overwhelming amount
of employment law questions to our firm, Atkins & Markoff would
like to provide some basic information via our website. This
does not constitute legal advice. Our firm does not currently
handle employment law issues and we cannot provide legal advice
via phone calls or email at this time.
However, Tom Cummings, Attorney-at-Law,
is available to answer your questions. Mr. Cummings is not
affiliated with Atkins & Markoff, however, he is available
to answer your emails. Please email Tom your questions at: Tom.Cummings@coxinet.net
What is the FLSA?
The FLSA is the Fair Labor Standards Act, which establishes
federal minimum wage and pay standards.
What is the FMLA?
The FMLA is the Family and Medical Leave Act, which governs
the rights of employees to take leave from their job
for certain reasons.
Who enforces employment law regulations?
The Department of Labor is a federal agency that governs
many of the statutes that fall under employment law.
However, other federal agencies enforce laws and regulations
that affect employers and employees.
What is the current minimum wage?
As of 1997, federal minimum wage is $5.15 per hour. The
state of Oklahoma follows these federal regulations.
What can I do if I have been victim of unfair wage practices?
If you have suffered from FLSA wage violations, it is important
that you contact an understanding lawyer who can help
you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Am I eligible for family and medical leave?
To be eligible for family and medical leave, you must be
employed by a covered employer and work at a worksite
within 75 miles of where the employer employs at least
50 people; have worked for the employer at least 12 months;
and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months
prior to the date leave is to begin.
What should I do if I have been denied leave?
If you have wrongfully been denied family and medical leave,
do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney who
can help you fight for justice.
What is EEO?
EEO is the acronym given to equal employment opportunity
Who may be discriminated against under EEO laws?
Equal employment opportunity laws protect employees who
have been discriminated against on the basis of age,
sex, national origin, color, disability, or any other
How can I be discriminated against?
It is illegal for your employer to discriminate during
any aspect of employment. This includes the hiring and
firing processes; transfer, layoff, promotion, or recall
of employees; classification, compensation, or assignment;
advertising of job openings; recruitment; testing; use
of facilities; training programs; pay, disability leave,
and retirement plans; fringe benefits; or other conditions
and terms of employment.
What can I do if my EEO rights are violated?
If you have been discriminated against or your EEO rights
have been violated, discuss your case with an attorney
What should I look for in an employment law attorney?
You should work with a lawyer who you are comfortable with
and one who is professional and understanding of your
situation. Employment law is very complex, so it is very
important that the attorney you choose has extensive
experience in this challenging field.